Former Atlanta Falcon, and all-time leading Falcons’ receiver, Roddy White joined Dukes and Bell to talk about all things Falcons. White gave us a peek into the locker room, and told us about the discord between he and Kyle Shanahan.
Take a listen to the full interview here:
Carl asked Roddy, “You still wanna play, right?” White responded, “Yeah, yeah, yeah… I still wanna play. I’ve been going through my opportunities and the things me and my agent been going over, you know, and just fielding phone calls and seeing what I wanna do, what I don’t wanna do at this point in my career. I just wanna win. I wanna play for a winner, so, you know, if it comes down to it and I have to wait… to get on a team that’s winning, then I’ll do that.”
Randy McMichael asked Roddy, “Would you take a role as a third or fourth receiver, when you are used to being a one or two?”
Roddy answered, “I’ve been talking to teams about what my role would be and what they want me to do and what I know I can still do. I feel like I can still play at a high level. That’s going to determine where I go and where I play next year.”
When asked “what happened last season” Roddy says, “They had a role for me coming into the season, and I feel it wasn’t told to me prior to the season. I’m completely fine if someone sits me down and says ‘This is what we want you to do’, but I didn’t get fully where they were going with me.” White continued, “After that I sat down with Kyle and I thought things would change, and they didn’t change.”
“The reason I didn’t argue and complain, is because it wasn’t going to change anything,” says White. “We started off hot, so there was no need for me to complain about anything,” he continued. “As things got worse throughout the season, and you go in and complain about some things you think should change, and nothing changes, you just sit back and say what happens happens.”
Roddy says, “Being released wasn’t a bad thing for me, because I wasn’t going to be on that team and accept the same role the following year, or then I would have self-destructed around there. I would have went crazy if I would have had to go through that another year.” He continued, “I can’t play football like that, I was miserable.”
“A lot of times we had opportunities to win games, and I wasn’t put in that position to make that play, and I felt like we lost those games BECAUSE I wasn’t in put in that position to make that play. And I felt like if I was, then we would have been in the playoffs.”
“That my side of the story,” said White.